January 23rd, 2017

Platinum Awards Flowing Like Wine!

Reading the results of the Best of the Best: Platinum 2016 tasting brings much happiness to our hearts. So many of our friends and mentors received accolades such as Cocco Umiker, Ron Bunnell, Bob Bertheau & Jessica Munnell!

There are many gorgeous wines to enjoy in the “Great Northwest” and we are proud to have had four of our wines awarded Platinum (one of them a double Platinum) in this year’s competition.

What a great way for the Cinder Family to close out 2016.

Peace on Earth!

Our Platinum Wines…

2015 Off-Dry Riesling
2015 Chardonnay
2014 Tempranillo

Double Platinum for….

2015 Gewürtztraminer

You can get these wines online, or by calling our winery at 208-376-4023.


We bought the building!



This past summer Melanie & I were able to do something that we have worked over a decade for when we finally purchased the building that our winery has grown up in!

We both logged many a long night at the winery as we crafted the first 5 vintages pretty much by ourselves.  It meant for a lot of long nights and a sleepy couple during the harvest months of September and October…but Melanie makes beautiful wines and we were able to put together a great team that loves to make and sell world-class wines.  Thankfully we have them with us now so that we could grow our little family business into something that feeds several families now and hopes to continue to enrich the community.

There are too many people we could thank for helping us make it this far, our landlord, the first restaurants to buy our wine, our parents, our very loyal customers…the list goes on and on…and I can’t list everyone here because I have to go taste through some fermenting batches of wine with my Melanie.
So let me just say this…. Thank you everyone for being part of this Idaho Adventure, we’ll continue to make beautiful wine from the Snake River Valley for all of to enjoy…the future is bright here!


-Joe and Melanie



Memories of Cinsault


Hello folks! This is Hailey Alexander, Cinder’s Enologist, and in the last few weeks I have been reminiscing about the harvest, the wines, and in particular with this awesome warm weather, our Rosé! Here is one my memories from a competitive tasting that Melanie and I did with a few of the other employees:

“January 6th, 2016

It is a bustling Wednesday afternoon in the winery, filled to the brim with the scent of freshly racked wine and fresh fruit.  A spread of salmon pink wines is laid out before Melanie, Laura and myself, as well as a big bowl of ripe melons -cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon.  The wines, ranging from our own dry style Rosé made in the Snake River Valley, to ones make in the Côtes de Provence of France, are chilled and poured delicately into the stemware before us.  Melanie skeptically brings her nose to the glass that has our Cinsault inside its crystal compound.  Diligent and studious she analyzes the wine with a discerning demeanor.  Still to this day, even after 4 ½ years of working for her, it amazes me how even with all the words of encouragement in the world from myself, Laura, even Kelly and Leslie from Coiled, she still finds a way to ask herself “Is this good enough?”.

When I lift the glass to my face I am greeted with intense aromas; ripe honeydew, a touch of Alpine strawberries.  On the mouth the wine is all easy drinking, rich in texture, fruity flavors with a bright and luxurious acid balance.  My mind immediately goes to food, and the endless pairing ideas that come with a wine of this caliber.  Shrimp ceviche, a green salad with walnuts, diced apples and a strawberry vinaigrette- even chicken and waffles with a fruit compote!  “Wine for breakfast?” some of you might ask, and without skipping a beat I would reach for this wine at 10 a.m. and reply “yes”.  The melons paired amazing with this new vintage of blush wine, the honeydew in particular really stealing the show for this impromptu tasting.  The wines from France were delicious, more austere and lean than ours. It could be biased, but I think this Cinsault Rosé is in a whole other league, really giving France a run for their money.  Even with all that said, Melanie was still cautious to accept all of our doting, but for this I am grateful.  It is for this very reason that I believe Melanie continues to produce some of the best wine made in the Snake River Valley.”

The ladies in the tasting room have already told me this Rosé is going fast. I’ve bought my case. Have you? Click here before it is gone.


Hailey Alexander

Cinder Wines